What is Rare Earth?

'Rare earth' is used to make everything from armored vehicles to iPhones. But mining and processing it causes a number of negative impacts. 

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Anne Chastain aka @GreenLiberation: 27.12.2013, 15:39

Besides China, Afghanistan has a major cache, and I can't help thinking this is a major motivation for US Military being there. Is it about Terrorism, or control of Precious Metals?

USGS Releases Resource Estimate for Afghanistan Rare Earth Prospect http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2936#.Ur2PTPRDs2U The value is estimated at upward of 1 Trillion Dollars.

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